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The implications of a Hertfordshire local plan holding direction for planners

The implications of a Hertfordshire local plan holding direction for planners

A last-minute holding direction issued by the housing secretary barring East Hertfordshire District Council (EHDC) from adopting its local plan could cause uncertainty for both councils and developers, practitioners say.

Government promises progress on Stevenage local plan 'in due course', 10 months after halting adoption

Government promises progress on Stevenage local plan 'in due course', 10 months after halting adoption

The government has said it will make an announcement on the 10-month-old holding direction placed on the Stevenage local plan 'in due course', as a senior councillor expressed frustration at 'delays to much-needed homes and jobs'.

Judge backs inspector over four-year enforcement rule decision

Judge backs inspector over four-year enforcement rule decision

A homeowner has failed to convince a High Court judge that the unlawful conversion of her property into two separate residences should be immune to planning enforcement action because the change of use had gone on for four years before an enforcement notice was issued.

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How inspectors are applying the standard method to local plans

How inspectors are applying the standard method to local plans

There are conflicting messages from local plan examiners on use of the government's new standard housing need assessment method. But experts are advising councils to stick with previous techniques in plans submitted before the end of January.

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